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Best Lens - Candid Photography

colin beeley Plus
15 1.2k 10 England
2 Mar 2014 8:50AM
get something like a canon G12 .

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thewilliam 9 6.1k
2 Mar 2014 2:29PM
Many of the the great street photographers have used Leica M with the smallest version of either a 35 or 50mm lens. Aperture was chosen for good depth of field and focus was pre-selected for the intended pic. The photographer them moved forwards or backwards to get in the pre-selected distance.

Leica M are still available for those with deep pockets. The less well-off could use an entry-level Nikon DSLR with a 45mm P type lens.
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
3 Mar 2014 11:55AM
Hanging a camera around your neck (any camera will do), but sneakily using a high resolution camera phone to actually take the photos, works well or so I'm told. Nobody will suspect you of using the phone to take photos when you, so visibly, have a "proper" camera on you! Grin

Must confess I've never tried it, though.
keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
3 Mar 2014 12:22PM
Apart from the fact that anyone taking photos on a phone is obvious.
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
3 Mar 2014 12:25PM
Grab shot taken with my Panasonic LF1, today, in extreme haste. I wanted to capture the moment the letter was about to be put into the postbox but I didn't want the man to be aware I was taking the shot. This is what I call a candid... I don't regard posed shots in the street as candids. I am happy to sacrifice a bit of quality (as here) for spontaneity.

Sometimes you don't even plan on taking a photo but the opportunity presents itself: there is no time to faff about with the camera. So ease of use becomes paramount. Smile


iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2014 6:34PM
A Canon G12 with fold out screen is great. My wife has one and sat next to me on the Paris Metro. I thought she was looking at previous snaps but in fact she was getting some really good photos of buskers and people. By the way it's illegal to photograph people in public places in France without their permission.
In Morocco most people object to being snapped. There I was chased by a man waving his stick and then spat in my face, and I was only including him in a general scene. I was using a discreet small camera (Fuji X-E1)
Best advice, be thick skinned and snap away.
Wider angle gives you greater depth of field, less focus problems if shooting from low down, f11 or f16 and on manual focus
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
15 Mar 2014 6:41PM
Agree with Ian. I've got the G11 with the fold out screen and it's one of my faves. Either that or the Panasonic G5. I prefer the G5 because it's just like a mini and lightweight DSLR and totally quiet, and with a 14-140mm zoom and fold out screen it's perfect for street/candids. The G11/G12 come into their own when you want to be ultra-unobserved but the rocker for zooming is not my preference.
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
15 Mar 2014 7:45PM

Quote:If you've gota cable release, you can have your camera round your neck and the relese in your hand - doesn't look like you're taking any shots Smile

maybe not so good if you're walking in a way that makes the camera move loads and you can't actaully see what you're shooting AND you need a very fast shutter... but at last no one sees you.

bit of a problem if it's a loud shutter like the 20D though. think the 10 and 5D were a lot quieter. You could set an avalance off with the 20!!!!

still a great camera.... I'm getting one after all Smile

Stick a flash on the camera, the bigger the better, then there is no need to hide Smile


Of all the places he had to pick in the UK, he chose Derby Smile

lemmy 11 2.7k United Kingdom
16 Mar 2014 7:37PM
I just hang the camera around my neck and view and control everything via my phone. With the electronic shutter set to silent mode, there's no noise at all, either.
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
16 Mar 2014 10:35PM

Quote:I just hang the camera around my neck and view and control everything via my phone. With the electronic shutter set to silent mode, there's no noise at all, either.

There is one big problem with the silent shutter, you can`t use flash Smile
StrayCat 14 19.1k 3 Canada
17 Mar 2014 4:46PM
I use WAG, it covers just about everything, and costs little.
lemmy 11 2.7k United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 6:25PM

Quote:I use WAG,

WAG? You're a cat - do you don a false dog's tail for your candids? That's deception Tongue

What's WAG?

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